Product Reviews

Smith & Fong


Looking for information on the latest and greatest green building products? Look no further. These resources provide in-depth analysis of industry-leading products that are changing how we design and build.

You will learn about products that:

  • promote material transparency

  • tighten the building envelope

  • save water and energy

  • avoid chemicals of concern

  • enhance productivity

  • improve lighting

And just as significantly, the articles provide context, describing the status quo in the industry and why these products are important.

Not all of these products end up on Top 10 lists, however. In fact, some are exposed as greenwashing poseurs.

  • Decorative Ceiling Panel Uses Recycled Content

    Product Review

    Chicago Metallic has introduced Monarch GE, a decorative ceiling panel system using gypsum and 70% recycled content from glass.

  • A Low-Emissivity Coating That Really Works

    Product Review

    Despite manufacturer claims, not all insulating coatings are created equal. Coatings with ceramic particles are not effective, but coatings with metallic particles, like LO/MIT-II from SOLEC-Solar Energy Corporation, can reduce radiant heat transfer.

  • Smaller Copper Particles, Smaller Environmental Impact for Treated Wood

    Product Review

    With its MicroPro treated wood, Osmose is one of several companies making innovations in copper preservative techniques. MicroPro's use of tiny copper particles offers environmental benefits when compared with conventional copper treatment.

  • Beneficial Bacteria Reduce Urinal Water Use

    Product Review

    The Ecoblue Cube uses beneficial bacteria to convert conventional flushing urinals to virtually waterless operation without significant installation costs, and avoiding the common pitfalls of waterless urinals.

  • PlybooPure is Formaldehyde Free

    Product Review

    The PlybooPure line of bamboo flooring and panel products from Smith & Fong uses a polyisocyanurate binder, making it urea-formaldehyde-free.

  • BuildingGreen Announces 2007 Top-10 Products

    Product Review

    BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News (EBN), announced its annual Top-10 Green Building Products, representing the most exciting products covered in those publications in the last year.

  • Migrations Biobased Tile from Armstrong

    Product Review

    A new biobased composition tile from Armstrong offers a more attractive alternative to popular vinyl composition tile.

  • Innovation in Urinals from Caroma

    Product Review

    Caroma has introduced two new urinals, one with a pint-sized, fluid-sensing flush mechanism and the other a waterless unit with a diaphragm rather than a trap.

  • LED Downlight from LLF-Most Efficient on the Market

    Product Review

    A new LED downlight module from LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc., offers high efficacy and good light quality using a unique way of producing a diffuse, white light.

  • Alpen Fiberglass Windows-Leading the High-Performance Race

    Product Review

    Alpen Energy Group manufacturers some of the highest-performing windows in the world, with center-of-glass R-values reaching R-20 in some cases.